shiraneHaruo Shirane

Department Chair
Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature

Haruo Shirane’s fields of interest are Japanese literature, visual culture, and cultural history, with particular focus on intertextuality and language, text/image relations, popular and elite subcultures, and culture and power.


ShangWeiWei Shang

Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-1526




andererPaul Anderer

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (212) 854-1525





Jungwon Kim

MA Program Co-Director
Phone: (212) 854-3811
King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies

Jungwon Kim specializes in gender, family, and legal history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910), including women’s writings, ritual and expression of emotions, and the use of legal archives.


Ying Qian

MA Program Co-Director
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Film, and Media Studies

Ying Qian’s fields of interest are in Chinese literature, cinema and media studies, including documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, experience and memory of China’s revolutions and socialism, and writing, translation and filmmaking in China’s multi-lingual and multi-ethnic border regions and among the Chinese diaspora.

Greg Pflugfelder

History-East Asia Program Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5035
Associate Professor of Japanese History

Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies, with an emphasis on cultural history; the history of gender, sexuality, and the body; and constructions of monstrosity.


Administrative Positions

Youngmi Jin

Director of Academic Administration and Finance
Phone: (212) 854-5028

Laura Schlein

Program Manager
Executive Assistant to the Chair
Phone: (212) 854-6780

Kevin Stillwell

Academic Coordinator

Anri Vartanov

Business Manager
Phone: (212) 854-3811

Rosibeli Gomez

Financial and Administrative Assistant
Phone: (212) 854-1207